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B.C. preserves local governments' tax revenues from medical marijuana growers

B.C. preserves local governments' tax revenues from medical marijuana growers

The Government of British Columbia is excluding federally-licensed medical marijuana production from the list of agricultural uses that qualify for farm classification for assessment and property tax purposes.

The decision will ensure local governments do not lose potential property tax revenues from the Health Canada licensed-production facilities.

Medical marijuana is a federally-regulated narcotic produced by licensed operators in British Columbia. There are currently five federally-licensed facilities in British Columbia.

COMMENT: Pensions are not only a seniors’ problem – Part 2

COMMENT: Pensions are not only a seniors’ problem – Part 2

In part one I wrote about the unjust decision to increase the eligibility age for Old Age Security (OAS) to 67 and a variety of options to save for retirement. There are also all sorts of self-help manuals and financial advisors who can give you a good advice on how to plan for your financial needs when you retire. (So far I haven’t seen anyone offering advice on how to invest if you cannot afford your basic daily needs.)

City breaks its own law on bear-proof garbage, Hall Street reno moves forward, Nelson Cares asks for contribution to Ward Street upgrades, and more: Nelson City Council June 23, 2014

City breaks its own law on bear-proof garbage, Hall Street reno moves forward, Nelson Cares asks for contribution to Ward Street upgrades, and more: Nelson City Council June 23, 2014

 

The following is a summary of the meeting of Nelson City Council on June 23, 2014.

Bear Aware coordinator asks council to follow its own rules

Joanne Siderius (WildSafe BC Community Coordinator for Nelson) and Frank Ritcey (WildSafe BC’s Provincial Coordinator) asked council to replace four garbage cans on city property with bear-resistant cans at a total cost of $4000.

WildSafe BC was formerly called Bear Aware.

Crowd gathers to support Nelson Teachers during 'In Support of Public Education' rally

L.V. Rogers High School student Dunavan Morris-Janzen told the crowd he stands behind teachers. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Despite seeing its labour dispute with the government drag into another week, and appearing to be going nowhere, local teachers were joined by a large group of supporters at the Nelson and District Teachers’ Association “In Support of Public Education" rally Monday at the City Hall Courtyard.

“We had a good turnout despite the inclement weather,” said NDTA president Paul Boscariol following the rally.

“We had a lot people here, who were able to learn more about and understand the issues in this labour dispute.”

Nelson/Creston MLA named to Deputy House Leader post

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall . . . big promotion

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is getting a promotion inside the BC NDP Party.

Mungall, with a knack for tenacity and tact in standing up for Kootenay priorities in the BC Legislature was named Deputy House Leader by John Horgan, the new Leader of the Official Opposition.
 
“Our team has the benefit of tremendous energy and innovation from many young MLAs,” said Horgan.

Conflict escalates as teachers union says 'no' to Grade 10 and 11 report cards

Conflict escalates as teachers union says 'no' to Grade 10 and 11 report cards

Protests and rallies are being held throughout the Kootenays today, including in Castlegar, as the conflict between the BC Teachers Federation and the provincial government continues to escalate.

Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union president Andy Davidoff issued a release today indicating teachers will not be issuing report cards for Grade 10 and 11 students.

ANALYSIS: How the BC government is seriously misrepresenting teachers' demands

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Pretty shocking stuff and also a really useful basic math lesson. It would be nice if numbers didn't lie...but they frequently. do. You choose: is our government crooked or incompetent?

As summer begins, BC Government announces changes to the way alcohol is consumed

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced more freedom for alcohol consumption.

As part of its Liquor Policy Review, the BC Government has made some changes to the way alcohol is consumed in the province.

Friday, the government introduced the minimum price an establishment can charge is $3 for a drink - which, for example, would buy a 1.5 ounce cocktail, a five ounce glass of wine or 12 ounce sleeve of beer or cider.

COMMENT: 'Class Composition' is more than an abstract bargaining term in the current BC teachers' strike

COMMENT: 'Class Composition' is more than an abstract bargaining term in the current BC teachers' strike

Our Canadian school system is based on many principles, but one central theme is the concept of 'inclusion'. If you don't like the idea of Inclusion, of your child going to school with someone with autism, anxiety, downs, dyslexia, or other learning needs, then one of the private schools with rigorous screening-out processes are the best place for you.

The Enbridge Pipeline: Federal government and First Nations positions point toward serious questions about ‘Canadian’ land claims

The Enbridge Pipeline: Federal government and First Nations positions point toward serious questions about ‘Canadian’ land claims

The Harper government surprised no one earlier this week when it approved the proposed Enbridge pipeline that would run between the Alberta Tar Sands and the treacherous waters near Terrace, BC. Not a single Canadian doubted that money would trump environmental concerns in a decision that will mean filthy bitumen gets carried across extremely mountainous terrain to the ocean, and then (via tanker) through a tight series of straits to the open sea.

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